Leadership for Employment [PDF]

John O’Brien

April, 2007 – Trinty College, Dublin

Leadership in Employment for People with Intellectual Disabilities

Making progress toward real jobs for people who are likely to be excluded from genuine participation in the labor market because of intellectual disability means crossing the threshold from an approach to service that aspires to occupy people’s time in a protected, (&pleasant) setting and learning to function in a new space, where the aim is to discover & support satisfying ways for people to earn a proper wage in an ordinary job.This move calls for principled, creative leadership.

Why work? (according to People First members)

To make money
To do or make something useful & interesting To be part of a good company
To learn new things
To put some shape in your day
To do the same things as any other adults To meet some people
To be more independent
To stop for a drink after work (just one)